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$3.6M federal grant jump-starts opioid awareness in Pima, 5 other Az counties

State officials said federal funding has helped jump-start awareness campaigns and drug monitoring efforts to combat the prescription drug epidemic in six of Arizona’s 15 counties. In 2015, 401 people across the state died from overdoses of prescription opioid pain relievers.... Read more»

Obama picks up pace on commutations, but pardon changes still in limbo

Near the start of his second term, President Obama had granted clemency at a lower rate than any president in recent history. He had pardoned 39 people and denied 1,333 requests. He had used his power to commute a prisoner’s sentence just once. But as Obama enters the final days of his administration, he has dramatically picked up the pace.... Read more»

Secretary of State floats overhaul of Az election laws

Secretary of State Michele Reagan has begun circulating a memo detailing a proposed overhaul of the laws governing virtually every aspect of how elections are conducted in Arizona, from data protocols and recount procedures, to “sore loser” candidates and voter fraud investigations.... Read more»

Oro Valley ban on using handheld devices while driving taking effect

Don't hold the phone: Oro Valley's long had a reputation as a place where it's easy to get a speeding ticket for doing just a couple MPH over the limit. Now, the town is banning the use of all handheld devices while behind the wheel — even if you're stopped at a light. ... Read more»

Court filing: Indicted PCSD official Radtke acting 'on behalf of employer'

Christopher Radtke, a former chief deputy with the Pima County Sheriff’s Department scheduled to go to trial Jan. 24 on federal theft and money laundering charges, will argue he was “acting within the lawful scope and authority of his employment.”... Read more»

Judge keeps order for BP to provide bedding, showers to detainees

Border Patrol officials must follow a court order to provide clean bedding and showers for detainees after a judge rejected a motion asking him to reconsider because of "unexpected consequences." But Judge David C. Bury wrote that "the Court cannot suspend what it believes are constitutional rights." ... Read more»

Sheriff's Dep't GV commander claims political payback in demotion by Napier

The commander of the Green Valley substation of the Pima County Sheriff's Department was demoted Sunday and transferred to the Foothills District. Terry Parish — who was an outspoken supporter of former Sheriff Chris Nanos in the November election — was demoted, with a $30,000 pay cut, on the first day new Sheriff Mark Napier was in office.... Read more»1

Pima County schedules 5 public meetings on Monsanto

Pima County is having five meetings this month to allow more citizen feedback and let Monsanto respond to complaints about its controversial plans for a greenhouse near Marana. ... Read more»3

Az defense firms may see Trump spending bump, but not soon

Defense businesses in Arizona that have been hit hard in recent years by a downturn in contract spending are looking to a Trump administration for possible relief – but experts said that could take years to arrive.... Read more»

Empty Border Patrol vehicle hit by gunfire near Sierra Vista

On Friday evening, a Border Patrol vehicle was hit by several gunshots south of Sierra Vista. An agent in a mobile surveillance unit next to the vehicle spotted two people with a rifle in the distance, but they fled on foot and have not been found.... Read more»

Prop. 206 FAQ: What you need to know about Az's minimum wage increase

Whether you're a small business owner or an hourly worker, here's what you need to know about the provisions of Arizona's minimum wage increase, which will go into effect on Sunday, Jan. 1, after the state Supreme Court declined to block the measure approved by 58 percent of voters in November.... Read more»

Texas elector says he couldn't vote amid voter ID confusion

Chris Suprun, one of two Texas Republican electors who refused to vote for Donald Trump in the Electoral College, says he was twice turned away from voting in the general election. ... Read more»

Despite loss in Az, recreational pot backers upbeat about future

Of five states with recreational marijuana on the ballot this fall, Arizona was the only state where the initiative failed, after supporters ran into a well-funded opposition campaign backed by political heavyweights. But that hasn’t stopped advocates from looking ahead and predicting legalization... Read more»

What the Devil won't tell you

A look at 2017: The year of 'Who the Hell Knows'

Together we in Southern Arizona enter 2017 looking through the lens of just one tautology: God only knows what will happen. If you liked last year's uncertainty, you'll love what comes next. Five issues locally could give Tucsonans an idea.... Read more»1

2016: Five photos that marked the year

Five photos that mark a year of journalism by TucsonSentinel.com's border and immigration reporter Paul Ingram. ... Read more»

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